January 19, 2020
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Abundance of Peace
There will always be people struggling with sin and in need of our prayer. The struggle is real even as Paul predicted, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). The reality is, however, that it is impossible for us to manufacture a change in any human being. The work of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of Jesus Christ is the only means of transformation.
The prophets in the Old Testament, though they preached God’s word, knew they could never force change and repentance. Unfortunately, it seemed the false prophets had greater success than God’s prophets. Nevertheless, God’s word remained steadfast and true and accomplished the Lord’s purposes for which He sent it (Isa. 55:11). Micah pronounced their verdict after he exposed their sin. Enveloped in the prophetic oracle of judgment was grace as God announced His plan to restore Israel along with other nations and bring peace to the land. When God is at work, peace is the result.
This passage in Micah offers insight into who brings about change. Amazingly, where there once was an absence of peace, now there is an abundance.